Councillor calls for urgency in flood response


A county councillor says the authority needs to show some urgency when dealing with the impact of the floods.

Lincolnshire County Council, the Environment Agency and internal drainage board representatives held an emergency meeting this month to look at the response to December’s todal surge.

Coun Chris Pain questioned whether the Environment Agency is selling off dredgers – and if so wants the council to buy them up for our drainage boards to put to use.

He is waiting to hear if this is possible but told The Standard the pace of the reaction to the floods must be picked up.

He said: “We want to start work. We have got to cut the red tape and get on with it.”

He is also calling for the county’s rivers to be assessed to see if there needs to be any extra dredging of rivers.

The calls come after a county farmer Nicholas Watts raised fears that Swineshead is ‘creeping up to disaster’ because the South Forty Foot Drain needs attention. He said: “People in the Fens are pumping into the drain but it’s lined with reeds and isn’t taking the quantity of water it was designed to.”